Ian Blair, Baron Blair of Boughton QPM is a retired British policeman who held the position of Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis from 2005 to 2008 and was the highest-ranking officer within the Metropolitan Police Service in Greater London.
Lord Blair joined the Met Police in 1974 under the High Potential Developer Scheme for Graduates. He joined as the rank of Constable, based in Soho, and over the next 10 years served as a sergeant and inspector in both uniform and CID in central London.
In 1994, he transferred to Thames Valley Police as assistant Chief Constable, later becoming deputy chief constable in 1997, and during the same year took charge of policing the protests over the construction of the Newbury bypass.
He was formerly deputy commissioner of the Met Police under the then commissioner Sir John Stevens, and before that chief constable of Surrey Police, but the pinnacle of his career came when he took over at the helm of the capital’s police force.
During his time in office, Lord Blair was instantly presented with a number of challenges, most notably the 7th July bombings, as well as homicide investigations, corruption and organisational changes.
Lord Blair was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 1999 New Year Honours and received a Knighthood in the 2003 Birthday Honours for services to the Police, before being appointed as a crossbench life peer in 2010.
Lord Blair’s experience of direct leadership in an age of heightened national security makes his insight into controlling the safety of society invaluable, and his informative approach to after-dinner and keynote speaking make him highly sought-after.
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